Magic and science: Together again at last

October 28, 2010

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Scientific American] – Not since the ancient days of alchemy have science and magic had such a harmonious relationship. Of course, I’m speaking specifically about neuroscience and the art of illusion—not the fictional conjuring of the Harry Potter variety.

“Most of the cognitive illusions out there have been created by magicians. So we can really benefit a lot by using their insights and learning their techniques to accelerate discovery in cognitive neuroscience,” says Susana Martinez-Conde, a neuroscientist with the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.

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